Mary Somerville, mathematics and the Royal Bank of Scotland

Wednesday, Oct 4th 2017

Brigitte Stenhouse spoke at the launch of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s new £10 note in August, which is to feature Mary Somerville (1780-1872), the subject of Brigitte’s PhD proposal. The first of these new notes is to be issued on 4th October, coincidentally in the same week as Brigitte registers for her PhD study at the OU.

Brigitte, a mathematics graduate of Somerville, College, Oxford, has previously written about Mary Somerville during her undergraduate dissertation, for which she was awarded both a Gibbs Dissertation Prize from the Mathematical Institute, and a Principal’s Prize from Somerville College. She has since written articles for the British Society for the History of Mathematics and for the LMS Newsletter, and, will appear on the BBC show Antiques Road Trip to talk about the life of Somerville.

Mary Somerville was known as one of the most distinguished philosophers and astronomers of her time; she published original research in the Transactions of the Royal Society, translated and updated much of Laplace's ground-breaking work in celestial mechanics, and continued publishing scientific texts until the age of 89. 

Brigitte at the launch of the new £10 note in St Andrews Square, Edinburgh with CEO Ross McEwan (left) and Chairman of Scotland Board Malcolm Buchanan (right).

Image: Brigitte at the launch of the new £10 note in St Andrews Square, Edinburgh with CEO Ross McEwan (left) and Chairman of Scotland Board Malcolm Buchanan (right). 



Prof June Barrow-Green
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